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Children of the same God?

Found your website via the BBC news site.

Looks to be just what is needed in that people fear what they don't understand.

I am a Christian and in reading through the site it would seem that we have much more in common than initially I could have hoped and very little to argue about much less fight over.

Bernie



Your web site


Just to say very well done, it needed to be said and I am pleased to see your response on-line,

Regards,

Dave




Good to hear the REAL voice of Islam

Just wanted to show my support for what you are doing. For too long the fundamentalists have been the only voice of Islam heard, it's good to see ordinary Muslims challenging that. The history of Britain has shown time and again the power of decent people when they stand up and are counted.

Phil



a quick message of support


I am not Muslim myself but I would just like to quickly add my support to your campaign.

I also belong to a religion which has had its share of problems with extremists twisting the truth to fit a violent agenda. I'm an Odinist ( worshipping the pagan gods of Northern Europe ) and we have problems with neo-Nazis twisting Norse mythology and history to their own evil racist ends. A few years ago a campaign on the internet started where the vast majority of non-racist Odinist sites started displaying a "heathens against hate" banner to express solidarity. I think its very easy in the current climate to lash out at what you don't understand and I think there has been a witch-hunt against all Muslims in the popular press over recent years. I've felt that rage myself at some points but after last weekends events I realise that I truly feel empathy for the vast law abiding, peaceful, constructive and patriotic members of the muslim community in the UK. I think you are very courageous in what you are trying to achieve as an organization and I wish you the best of luck.

Regards


Warwick





Very well said. This is precisely what is needed at this time. All murderers must be unequivocally condemned and an anti Muslim backlash in this country would be a tragedy. I work professionally with many Muslims for whom I have nothing but respect but there are others both here and throughout the world who behave like ravenous wolves and are profoundly ignorant. You must distance yourself from them at all times.


O'Malley





Hello

I came upon your website by chance, and not knowing very much about Islam I read with interest. May I wish you every success with your campaign, we all need enlightenment in these days when so many are willing to pervert the message of love and justice towards their own ends, irrespective of what beliefs we hold. I have never been particularly religious, because I perceive a lot of hypocrisy in the Christian religion into which I was baptised. However upon reading your introduction to Islam I recognised a lot of the beliefs that I have come regard as necessary for a stable and harmonious society; namely family values, love and respect for others and honesty. I will certainly read more now.

Again I wish you every success at breaking down the fear and ignorance, which we can all fall prey to.

Ray




Muslims United

I was so happy to see your website condemning the actions of the terrorists - it's what so many non-Muslims in the UK have hoped to hear for a long long time.

Up till now the terrorists have held the headlines and given a warped impression of Islam. Could we also please hear more ordinary Muslims condemning terrorism on our TV and radio? This would help a lot in getting your message across. At the moment it seems to be mainly fanatics who are prepared to voice their opinions.

On a personal level I was very happy and relieved to read your condemnation and now feel warmth towards Muslims instead of fear, and am much more confident that we can all work together to fight this evil.

Keep up the good work!

Plevena




Not in Our Name

Congratulations on setting this campaign in place. It is heart-warming to see Muslim people condemning acts of terrorism and showing the rest of the world what Islam is really about. Well done to all of you, may you enjoy great success and may the good name of your faith be restored. Respect to all of you.

Maggie




Thank you

Thank you. At last, non-fundamentalist, non-violent Muslims are speaking out publicly against the fanatics. Well done, it's good to hear your voices at one with the rest of the British community.

When you see these attempted terrorist attacks on innocent people, hypocritically claiming to be in the name of Islam, you must feel as disgusted as I do when I hear fundamentalist "Christians" like Bush and Blair justifying their use of violence hypocritically claiming to be in the name of democracy.

I've stood up publicly for peace and civilised ways of behaving towards others for years. It's so good to hear the Muslim community here now doing the same.


Lynda




We Stand Together - poem. 


STAND TOGETHER

What strange humanity this tube does confine

when travelling down the northern line ?

the fleeting glances, the distant stares,

the occasional peasant dodging fares ?

the crush, the crash of cultures show

what bombs and terror can never know ?

that this is a vibrancy from all over the world

where hope and life together are hurled

to survive, to grow, to cherish, to nourish

within Londons heart where dreams do flourish,

glimpsed in the faces of the silent many

who hope and who dream and who struggle each and every day

in unspoken dignity their lives refine

as their hearts abound on the northern line ?

this great heartbeat of this great city,

we will always stand together.


James




Eye opening!


I connected to your site from BBC news. I am an expat in America. I just returned from my yearly visit home. I must say that I was floored by your site and have bookmarked it. I am an educated person, a professor, and I did not know the facts I read about Islam. I did not understand how similar all the faiths are. I think that what you are trying to accomplish should be done on a wider scale. If I do not know this then most of America must not either. I think they should. Britain is a wonderful start because I think we Brits are more tolerant than Americans having lived in both countries. I am now going to read the Quran. Thank you.


Flo




Well Done 


I was so enthused by your campaign, I had to send you a note of congratulations.

Only by standing united together will we drive away the intolerance, ignorance and hatred surrounding peoples misconceptions of the Muslim faith.

I applaud you for your campaign and your attempt to stand up against this tide of stupidity.


Heather




Thank you 


Thank you for speaking out. Whatever one's beliefs, we are all British, and all life is sacred.

Best Wishes


Tony




Thanks


It was comforting to read the advert in today's Guardian. And, of course, I recognise that you're describing a two-way process too.

Many thanks


Gary




Thank You So Much


I am Christian, but grew up in Northern Nigeria and my best friend is Muslim. I also have many other friends and colleagues who are Muslim and I have seen with distress how people have talked ignorantly about them, especially over the last few days. Colleagues in the hospital I work in have been stared at and you can see the thought process behind peoples' eyes when they walk past them in the corridor. The dignity with which my friends have carried themselves is so commendable.

I know I am Christian, but I wanted to share with you my experience of what Islam stands for based on a life changing experience I had whilst growing up in Nigeria in the 1980s.

My parents were missionaries at a theological college in the North of Nigeria, teaching people how to become vicars. Whilst we were there some young men acting in the name of Islam attacked us in our house and through a barricaded bedroom door threatened to kill us. When they could not break the door down, they set fire to the house (which was made of mud) and remained outside. Our choice would have been to stay in the house and be choked to death by fumes or escape from the roof into the hands of the waiting vigilantes. I was 7 and my sister 5. Fearing death if we left the house my brave parents kept us in the house lying down on the floor in an effort to breathe clean air.

The reason we ended up surviving was because local Muslim villagers reasoned with the young men and called them off, so we were able to survive and escape. They had lived alongside us in peace for 5 1/2 years. They saved our lives.

To me those villagers represent the essence of what Islam stands for. They were true Muslims.

I wish more people in the UK realised this. I hope this website and campaign will start to educate those people who are currently uneducated and at times bigoted. Good luck and thank you for this campaign

Best wishes

Ruth




Fantastic


I am a 'native' white 30something male Brit - the "not in our name" campaign is a welcome breath of fresh air from the muslim community.

99% of what we hear is negative news relating to muslims in Britain (and around the world); this campaign is long overdue and clearly demonstrates that mainstream muslims deplore terrorism. A lot of people like me were asking why your community wasn't speaking out against it. Now you are and it is warmly welcomed and supported.

Keep it up!


Mark




Your statement 


I wish to congratulate you on your site and with your statement. It is really refreshing to see muslims taking a stand against all terrorist but in mostly against the ones that are terrorist using your religion.

Many of us have heard of Muslims that didn't condoned what the Islamic terrorist were doing but this is the first that I have actually seen persons with real faith in your religion actually speak against it.

Being a citizen of the United States of America, I would like to see a familiar organization in America.

I realize that both your faith and mine, Christian, believe in God and that we are the sons of Abraham. I have read where the difference is. That to me is a difference in religion but together we can bring peace, harmony and freedom to the world.

Peace be with you and

God Bless

Tom




Your campaign as seen on BBC news website


Hi there.

I would just like to comment on the campaign that you are planning for the future - to make people understand that Islam is not about war, terrorism etc.

The biggest problem I feel to non-Muslim people is a lack of knowledge about the Islamic faith, and also there are still barriers in the communities that need to be broken between Muslims, Christians and other faiths.

I (to be honest) know virtually nothing about the Muslim faith as well, and I am not religious myself (although baptised as a Christian when I was young, I do not attend church), but understand that recent terrorist events this century involving Muslims, and the beliefs of these people are in a very small minority.

People easily forget that in many faiths, small minority groups have waged campaigns for a cause they believe to be true - one example is the IRA last century for example.

If all people and faiths in local communities can become more integrated somehow - instead of the "them and us" scenario, then I think that a better understanding between the faiths could be gained.

Good luck in the future with the campaign, and I will ensure that people who talk to me about terrorism are informed about the campaign to try and spread awareness, and informed of the fact that we are talking about minorities - not the wider Muslim community at large.

Best regards


Derek




'Not in our name'


I am writing in order to congratulate you on your campaign. For a long time now, I have been sceptical of the 'moderate majority' of Muslims - whilst this majority clearly didn't involve itself in what the extremists do to our country, the silence was unbearable and I am glad that it has been broken.

Your campaign looks very promising and I wish you every success with it.

Thank you very much.


Tomas




Great Site


Hi,

I am a Christian with a lot of Muslim friends, and I have never associated Islam with the terrible crimes being done.

I applaud this site, and your hard work and I hope that the site has the great success that it deserves!

Good job!!


Stephen




Thank you

I hope you do not find this patronising but thank you for these efforts. I have been a little concerned that statements from the Islamic Human Rights Commission and the Muslim Council of Britain have sounded conditional. Almost as if to say, we condemn but... This is the first unconditional message I have seen and is the sort of voice that will bring together Muslims, non Muslims, Blacks, Whites and Asians. Thank you.

Brett




response to reading site


Thank you for making such a clear summary of basic Islamic rules, etc. The propaganda machine of hate twists the simple truth of all faiths and it seems the media is very anti-religion. I teach in a Catholic school which has currently one third Muslim children. I have always struggled to find the extremist stereotype portrayed in the media in the kind, respectful children and parents who are such a wonderful part of my school. I just wish the Islamic terrorists, IRA, UDA, etc, all had the religion taken from their cause. The bible and Koran both preach love and if the extremists visited Scotland they could see for themselves, in the hearts of many Scots, a respect of our joint cultural heritage and common values.

As Buda said, "There is only one mountain but many paths."

Peace

Paul




Condemnation of Glasgow attacks.

Hello,

I just wanted to say how welcome this campaign condemning the Glasgow attacks and others is. I always knew though that the vast majority of Muslims were bitterly opposed to these attacks, and that it is just a minority element who are responsible.

I wish you the very best of luck with this campaign.

Thank you.


Paul





Thank you

Hello,

I just wanted to write to you having seen the advert in today's Guardian to thank you and congratulate you on what you are doing. Although many of us non-Muslims have never doubted that the Muslim community abhors terrorism, to see you take such a strong public stance sends out a very strong message. Good luck with your campaign which has my whole-hearted support.

Kind regards,

Gordon




Good Luck

Good luck with your campaign. I am not a muslim, but I belive that these bommimgs etc is doing your Faith a lot of harm. I would never join any faith that wants to kill people. I also know from what I have read that you should live in peace.

I work as a healer and will send healing to all muslims.

I ask that your Gods and our gods show these people the error of there ways, and that we can love and respect each other for our own belief's, and learn form each other.

Love and light to you all

Jannine




Good Luck

Hello,

I just wanted to wish you good luck in your campaign. I am hoping this will bring our communities closer and will also educate people about Islam and it's history.

It should be about intergration rather than separation.

All the best,

Andrew.




Muslims United

I would like to apologise for some of the uneducated mindless idiots up and down the country who are intimadating muslim families because of the latest attempts to blow up many innocents.

A local family from my area have moved out and another shop run by an Asian family are under threat too.  Its despicable, but you can see its the usual NED type person who is inflicting this on these families.

Not all Irish were terrorists during the IRA campaign, just as not all Muslims are terrorists nor indeed all Western people shameless and have no morals as portrayed unfortunately by our media and shows such as BB.

Anyway - thanks again for producing the campaign leaflet which should be put up everywhere to get the message across once and for all!!!

Caroline




Your website and info

Thanks for a very informative site, cleared a lot of unanswered questions,spot on! good luck and keep up the good work.

Bill




your campaign

Hi.

Congratulations - I hope your campaign has some effect.  I am one of the many (probably majority) who know little of Islam and who respond negatively to news reports which show Muslims in a bad light.  For example, when I read on your website that Islam is tolerant of other religions, I immediately wondered how that tied in with death threats against those who wish to leave Islam.  I admit that I am prejudiced, I'm not proud of it, and I look forward to getting more information to base my opinions on.

Incidentally, I live in a tiny rural English village and never meet Muslims.

Good luck with your work.  It's long overdue.

James




well done!

I have been deeply impressed and reassured by your recent campaign. I feel that your views need to be heard loudly and clearly across the whole on the UK.

I am a school teacher and so see first hand the effects of divisions and suspicions between different groups of people - and the misery and anger that it causes.

Again well done!

Maybe there should be a rally.

Kind regards,

Terry




Well Done!

As a revert muslim from the UK (now living in Dubai) i would just like to send my praise to you and Allah for allowing you to create a group which has been long awaited, actually promoting Islam is the right way.

Alhamdulilah

Adam




Thank you!

Dear sir/madam,

It has always been my understanding that judaism, christianity and islam where all very similar and believed in the Same God, just differing views on the way the word of God and his teachings where delivered to us.

Even as a Catholic I am very verbal in debates with Muslim and Jewish friends of mine with the view that what does it matter that we disagree on how the messages where delivered, surely what is more important is the message itself?

Now why can't all people no matter which religion just get on with each other and learn to respect each other?

It is not acceptable no matter who is doing it - as a Catholic i did not agree with the IRA and still do not!!

We all need to stand together, Muslim, Catholic, Protestant, Jew, Bhuddist, Aetheist and all other religions need to come together and stand up for Life against Extremists of all religions!!

If you will accept Catholic members I am more than happy to join you!

Well done and Thank you for making this stand!

Shona




Well Done

Dear people,

I live in Amsterdam. I wish the Muslims would express themselves like you've done. Be proud of the country you live in and where you were born.

Stop the hatred, discrimination for once and for all.

Unfortunatly the Marocan youth are bad. There is no way changing them. How can we solve this hugh problem!

I am so pleased to read that there are still enough Muslims that do care, are intelligent enough to see that extremism is wrong.

Can't we just live in peace. Stop forcing the religions upon each other. Live and let live I say.

I wish you all the support you will need. I know some people will not be happy with your actions but please don't give up.

Kind Regards,

Cate




Well Done

It is difficult for anyone with a non-violent message to grab headlines these days, amid all the child abductions, beheadings by extremists, teenage knife attacks, Muslim honour-killings and so on and so on.

Well done on attracting attention amid all the hate and fear.  Well done also on highlighting the existence of plural "Muslim Communities" rather than one community, and for standing up for something human and progressive rather than blinkered fundamentalism and vicious thuggery.

I'm a white, British athiest.  Without a God I nonetheless believe in peace and understanding as well as the freedom for people to hold a Faith.  It can be hard to have sympathy for Islam when the only publicity it gets is BAD publicity.

I still feel Islam gets too much publicity in proportion to other faiths, and this is obviously because of all the death, violence and lawlessness committed in the name of Islam. The mass media provides a platform for this and gets thrills out of the dramatic impact of broadcasting it.

Though it seems your message is overdue, I welcome and respect any Muslim voices promoting peace and tolerance.  It is a little sad to think that not since Gandhi's death has anyone been brave enough to promote non-violence to a mass audience.  Anyone, of whatever faith, who vocally renounces violent thoughts and deeds, showing the reasoning and intelligence of such a path, is doing a courageous thing.

All the best for you.

Jonathan.




YOUR CAMPAIGN

I am writing to congratulate you on your campaign.  As a non-Muslim, I believe very strongly that the current evil we are experiencing from those who seek to pervert the message of Islam can only be effectively countered from within the Muslim community itself.  I therefore applaud your brave and very welcome action in standing up to the idiots who think that they can bomb us all into submission.

Keep up the good work!

Nigel




Small note

I hope this isn't cluttering up your email inbox!  But I genuinely want to wish your organisation all the best.

The task of helping this country to understand what Islam is all about and condemning the extremists (as well as highlighting the differences) is not an easy task.

I'm not a Muslim, I am a christian but I long for acceptability from British people to any religion and fully support your objectives.

Keep up the good work.  I really hope you are successful.

Simon




Re Your message in today's Guardian.

Hello and may Peace be with you.

I was pleased to read your reasoned piece in the press today, and although I am a little saddened that you felt you should have to make such a statement; this is as much your country as it is mine, and we can and must surely work to common ends.

I wish you every success with your campaign, and hope that it opens the eyes of the many to the things which unite us, rather than to allow the actions of a few to give voice to those who would divide us.

In closing, may I say 'God bless you all and may He smile on your efforts'.

Yours sincerely,

Bob




Just a sign of support

This is a commendable initiative. I wish you all the best and hope together with you that you may succeed in bending the souls of people who confuse religion with evil.

I also hope this initiative will grow and spread through the continent and the world. Maybe the EU can play a role in it...

Sincerly yours,

Jurgen




I applaud you

I have read your newspaper advert with pride. I am so pleased to find ordinary citizens wanting to put the record straight. 'Not in my Name' is brilliant. I was brought up in England but my family are from Northern Ireland, while the troubles were on over there it was assumed we were IRA sympathisers. Nothing could have been further from the truth but people have 'set views' until you take a stand and make them realize we are not 'all the same'.

My daughters best friend is a muslim and we have spent many an hour discussing how she is treated, mostly fine, I must add. To me she is just a normal girl I have known since infant school.

I, like most people believe that we should treat others as we would like to be treated. Very well done and please pass my thanks to everyone involved. It is a sad indictment of our society that you have to do this but maybe this will help us to 'get there' in the end.

Well done for making an extremely important stand and underlining the difference

Jill




well done

Thank you for doing this. Its is usefull and interesting. Good luck.

sc




not in our name campaign

Wonderful! Not before time. Can something similar be started in Australia?  I wish you all the very best.

Moya




not in our name campaign

To all behind the not in our name campaign,

Thankyou. I think this is just what is needed right now, for the peaceful Muslim majority to come out and condemn violence and terrorism. The media speaks so often of Muslims and terrorism as if it were one and the same and it worries me. I fear for my Muslim friends and I fear for Muslim communities. It could so easily turn into a religious war and the thought terrifies me.

Human beings are so foolish, so quick to turn to jingoism with little thought for the consequences.

I think your campaign will have a huge impact, I think it will give Britons confidence in each other and will also demonstrate to the extremists that we are united nation who will not be forced to their will.

Well done! Well done and thankyou.

Penny.




Improving image

While your plans for Phase I,II and III are welcome, and I congratulate you on these ideas, I think it is important to have the Imams themselves come out on TV and renounce violence and explain that Islam is a peaceful religion and in fact the name Islam originates from the word Peace in arabic.

Anyway, keep up the good work

Peace be with you

Khalil




Terrorism

Hi.  Your message is very welcomed by all people who recognise the need to separate terrorist ideas from any form of religion.  As a practising Catholic Christian, I applaud your efforts to make this message clearer to both muslims and non-muslims.  May Allah, who I happen to call God, bless those who try.

Angus




WELL DONE

THIS IS A VERY COURAGEOUS ADVERT, I APPLAUD YOU. I AM NOT A MUSLIM AND NOT PARTICULARLY RELIGIOUS BUT I BELIEVE AS MOST DO THAT IT IS A SICK MINORITY THAT ATTACKS OTHERS, NOT JUST MUSLIMS BUT IN THE NAME OF ALL RELIGIONS AROUND THE WORLD.

PEACE BE WITH YOU ALL.

I LIVE IN SCOTLAND.

ANDY.




A brief message of support

Hi

I've just seen your excellent campaign and wanted to send this brief message of support.

Like many Brits, I'm pretty ignorant when it comes to Islam, but after a good look around your web site I feel that I now have a basic understanding of the "real" Islam, which seems to be a million miles away from that portrayed in the media.

Great campaign, great site. Keep up the good work!

Phil




Well done

"We often hear claims that Muslims do not condemn terrorism and that Islam condones violence. We want to state clearly that those who commit acts of terror in the name of Islam are betraying the teachings of the Qur'an and the Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) . We reject anyone who commits such brutal acts and will not allow our faith to be hijacked by criminals."

I'm very glad that the Muslim communities across the UK are taking this stance. The majority of decent people know (and knew) that most Muslims in this country are just like most non-Muslims - peaceful, law-abiding and hard working. It is fantastic that we are hearing your collective voice condemning terror attacks. I hope your organisation can stay at the forefront of everybody's mind and work towards racial harmony across the whole of the UK.

Sophie




Your campaign

Friends,

I speak as one who lost a family member in the 7/7 bombings, and would like to congratulate you on your campaign. It is a courageous move and one which, I am sure, will be greatly appreciated by the populace, Muslim and non-Muslim alike.

We are after all, all of us human beings, and nobody should be encouraged or allowed to do these frightful things to anyone else, especially not in the name of a religion.

Peter




ad campaign

I am not a muslim. In fact, I know little about Islam. However I applaud your campaign which, hopefully, will generate better understanding amongst those who would automatically link terrorism with Muslims. It might also help Muslims who might otherwise be attracted to the very radical wings. I am probably ignorant of many things in this area but I do like peace and harmony amongst neighbours. Good luck.

Trevor




Advert condeming Terrorism

I applaud your work.

Mark




Peace

I have been praying for a voice for the Muslims of this country and I thank God for your campaign; but it has been such a long time coming, and so much damage has been done with the drip, drip, drip of negative & irresponsible media output. I will continue to pray that the Muslim communities will no longer feel isolated and that fear will give way to love and respect between all the people of Great Britain.

With brotherly love, a Christian.

Andrew




United.

At last some common sense.

This should go a long way to show that not all Muslims are the same. We all share the planet.

Well done.

Carl




Your new campaign

My religion is not relevant (although you can probably guess from my name that I am not Muslim), however I wanted to quickly say that the Islamic peoples response to the recent situation has been fantastic.

The "Not in Our Name" campaign is a great reminder to non Muslims that groups shouldn't be judged on a the actions of a few.

Best wishes

Darren




Message

What a nice message. I just wanted to say that although I am not a muslim, I appreciated your peaceful message.

Andrew




The New Campaign

Thank you for taking the trouble, at last, to voice what the majority feel. Whether Muslim or not, and I am not, it is reflected in all religions and faiths that indiscriminate taking of life is wrong.

The Muslim faith and Muslim community must speak out more like you have this week and impress upon everyone how the actions of a few in the name of their "faith" is wrong and not supported by the majority.

I know Western Governments have made some huge blunders and these are hard to forgive but I know in my heart that the Muslim faith is a pure faith that teaches forgiveness and love, thereby enabling people to realise that not everyone is bad. Indeed, most people are decent and basically brotherly and just want to live in peace with their neighbours whatever their beliefs.

Thank you. And good luck with your campaign to enlighten.

Brad




Campaign

T his is a very very good idea, i know that most Muslims are very nice people. Keep up the good work.

Kevin




warm and sincere support to you.

Hello, I just wanted to say how inspired, hopeful and touched by your sincere expression of the true spirit of Islam. This is truly "winning hearts and minds", to touch the goodness and wholeness in all.

I`m "not" a Muslim,though how can I say I`m divorced from feeling a part of you and you a part me? Love and wholeness is always there, a question of how aware you are.

Someone who inspied me once said, "sensitivity is the highest form of intelligence" and I truly feel this is true.

I sincerely feel that the more closeness,love and heartfelt "whole" values are expressed,the less ideas of war, destruction, can poison peoples` souls and minds.

You know,when I have seen the muslim spirit of brotherhood expressed with a gentle kiss of greeting, that is powerful in it`s gentleness and sincerity. I`m quite touched by this.

Insensitivity kills your soul,my soul, these are sacred things which I feel, make you feel secure and connected.I dread their loss.

Ah, its a joy and pleasure to share these thoughts with you,

my warm and heartfelt greetings to all ,

your friend and (hopefully) good spirit,

love,

Paul




Congratulations On Your Web-site

I am a non-muslim, but I am delighted with your web-site. It confirms what I\'d long thought, that Islam is tolerant to all other religious beliefs.

This is something that the irreligious extremist criminals do not convey, and thereby do muslims much harm.

I hope that you are successful in isolating those who do great harm in the name of Islam. They must not be allowed to falsely usurp the goodness of your beliefs, in the name of their twisted ideas.

Peace be with you

Peter




Muslims United

Congratulations on making a stand. People need realise that the majority of Muslims are peace loving.

David




Message of Support

Hi

I'd like to say how much the nation appriciates your support in times where terrorism and the like seems to be under the spotlight.

Your message in the METRO demonstrates how committed you are to distance yourself from the events in London and Glasgow.

I would like to make a similiar gesture; I'd like to distance myself from the small minded minority who seek to undermine race relations and community cohesion through underhand tactics.

I'm proud of being British; to me it means being open, honest and true, helping the needy and caring for the sick. These values are core to my beliefs.

Let's build bridges between Muslims and our country!

Hoping to hear from you

Patrick




comment on the statement published today

Assalam walikum,

I would like to portray my gratitude and congratulate your organisation on an excellent statement made in the paper today. It was s brilliant representation of a large population of muslims here in the UK. The message was simple but very powerful and will inshallah give a better representation of muslim that do not support terrorism. I have very proudly put it up on my wall at work so people can read and get rid of any ignorance they have towards Islam.

May Allah give you strength in this great work you have been doing, masallah.

Allah Hafis

Tasnim




Thank you all

I commend your effort here. We must stand together against those who would set neighbour against neighbour.

John


Support

Dear Muslims United,

I just wanted to say that I totally support your campaign, and it is very nice to see the silent, decent majority making their voices heard for once. I and all my friends and colleagues stand side by side with you in condemning terrorism, religious intolerance and racism. Here is to a friendly and prosperous Britain for all races and religions.



Best Wishes,

Nick


well done

salams,

Just a short message to say well done on the advert in the metro. really pleased that we have taken it on board to act this way in a positive manner.

May Allah accept the work.

ws

Hanif


Children of the same God?

Found your website via the BBC news site.

Looks to be just what is needed in that people fear what they don't understand.

I am a Christian and in reading through the site it would seem that we have much more in common than initially I could have hoped and very little to argue about much less fight over.

Bernie



Your web site

Just to say very well done, it needed to be said and I am pleased to see your response online,

Regards,

Dave



Good to hear the REAL voice of Islam

Just wanted to show my support for what you are doing. For too long the fundementalists have been the only voice of Islam heard, it\'s good to see ordinary muslims challenging that. The history of Britain has shown time and again the power of decent people when they stand up and are counted.

Phil


a quick message of support


I am not Muslim myself but I would just like to quickly add my support to your campaign.

I also belong to a religion which has had its share of problems with extremists twisting the truth to fit a violent agenda. I'm an Odinist ( worshipping the pagan gods of Northern Europe ) and we have problems with neo-nazis twisting Norse mythology and history to their own evil racist ends. A few years ago a campaign on the internet started where the vast majority of non-racist Odinist sites started displaying a "heathens against hate" banner to express solidarity. I think its very easy in the current climate to lash out at what you don't understand and I think there has been a witchhunt against all muslims in the popular press over recent years. I've felt that rage myself at some points but after last weekends events I realise that I truely feel empathy for the vast law abiding, peaceful, constructive and patriotic members of the muslim community in the UK. I think you are very courageous in what you are trying to achieve as an organization and I wish you the best of luck.

Regards

Warwick



Very well said. This is precisely what is needed at this time. All murderers must be unequivocally condemned and an anti muslim backlash in this country would be a tragedy. I work professionally with many Muslims for whom I have nothing but respect but there are others both here and throughout the world who behave like ravenouos wolves and are profoundly ignorant. You must distance yourself from them at all times.

O'Malley



Hello

I came upon your website by chance, and not knowing very much about Islam I read with interest. May I wish you every success with your campaign, we all need enlightenment in these days when so many are willing to pervert the message of love and justice towards their own ends, irrespective of what beliefs we hold. I have never been particularly religious, because I perceive a lot of hypocrisy in the Christian religion into which I was baptized. However upon reading your introduction to Islam I recognised a lot of the beliefs that I have come regard as necessary for a stable and harmonious society; namely family values, love and respect for others and honesty. I will certainly read more now.

Again I wish you every success at breaking down the fear and ignorance, which we can all fall prey to.

Ray


Muslims United

I was so happy to see your website condemning the actions of the terrorists - it's what so many non-Muslims in the UK have hoped to hear for a long long time.

Up till now the terrorists have held the headlines and given a warped impression of Islam. Could we also please hear more ordinary Muslims condemning terrorism on our TV and radio? This would help a lot in getting your message across. At the moment it seems to be mainly fanatics who are prepared to voice their opinions.

On a personal level I was very happy and relieved to read your condemnation and now feel warmth towards Muslims instead of fear, and am much more confident that we can all work together to fight this evil.

Keep up the good work!

Plevena


Not in Our Name

Congratulations on setting this campaign in place. It is heart-warming to see Muslim people condemning acts of terrorism and showing the rest of the world what Islam is really about. Well done to all of you, may you enjoy great success and may the good name of your faith be restored. Respect to all of you.

Maggie


Thank you

Thank you. At last, non-fundamentalist, non-violent Muslims are speaking out publicly against the fanatics. Well done, it's good to hear your voices at one with the rest of the British community.

When you see these attempted terrorist attacks on innocent people, hypocritically claiming to be in the name of Islam, you must feel as disgusted as I do when I hear fundamentalist "Christians" like Bush and Blair justifying their use of violence hypocritically claiming to be in the name of democracy.

I've stood up publicly for peace and civilised ways of behaving towards others for years. It's so good to hear the Muslim community here now doing the same.

Lynda


We Stand Together - poem.

STAND TOGETHER

What strange humanity this tube does confine

when travelling down the northern line ?

the fleeting glances, the distant stares,

the occasional peasant dodging fares ?

the crush, the crash of cultures show

what bombs and terror can never know ?

that this is a vibrancy from all over the world

where hope and life together are hurled

to survive, to grow, to cherish, to nourish

within Londons heart where dreams do flourish,

glimpsed in the faces of the silent many

who hope and who dream and who struggle each and every day

in unspoken dignity their lives refine

as their hearts abound on the northern line ?

this great heartbeat of this great city,

we will always stand together.

James


Eye opening!

I connected to your site from BBC news. I am an expat in America. I just returned from my yearly visit home. I must say that I was floored by your site and have bookmarked it. I am an educated person, a professor, and I did not know the facts I read about Islam. I did not understand how similar all the faiths are. I think that what you are trying to accomplish should be done on a wider scale. If I do not know this then most of America must not either. I think they should. Britain is a wonderful start because I think we Brits are more tolerant than Americans having lived in both countries. I am now going to read the Quran. Thank you.

Flo


Well Done

I was so enthused by your campaign, I had to send you a note of congratulations.

Only by standing united together will we drive away the intolerance, ignorance and hatred surrounding peoples misconceptions of the Muslim faith.

I applaud you for your campaign and your attempt to stand up against this tide of stupidity.

Heather


Thank you

Thank you for speaking out. Whatever one's beliefs, we are all British, and all life is sacred.

Best Wishes

Tony


Thanks

It was comforting to read the advert in today's Guardian. And, of course, I recognise that you're describing a two-way process too.

Many thanks

Gary


Thank You So Much

I am Christian, but grew up in Northern Nigeria and my best friend is Muslim. I also have many other friends and colleagues who are Muslim and I have seen with distress how people have talked ignorantly about them, especially over the last few days. Colleagues in the hospital I work in have been stared at and you can see the thought process behind peoples' eyes when they walk past them in the corridor. The dignity with which my friends have carried themselves is so commendable.

I know I am Christian, but I wanted to share with you my experience of what Islam stands for based on a life changing experience I had whilst growing up in Nigeria in the 1980s.

My parents were missionaries at a theological college in the North of Nigeria, teaching people how to become vicars. Whilst we were there some young men acting in the name of Islam attacked us in our house and through a barricaded bedroom door threatened to kill us. When they could not break the door down, they set fire to the house (which was made of mud) and remained outside. Our choice would have been to stay in the house and be choked to death by fumes or escape from the roof into the hands of the waiting vigilantes. I was 7 and my sister 5. Fearing death if we left the house my brave parents kept us in the house lying down on the floor in an effort to breathe clean air.

The reason we ended up surviving was because local Muslim villagers reasoned with the young men and called them off, so we were able to survive and escape. They had lived alongside us in peace for 5 1/2 years. They saved our lives.

To me those villagers represent the essence of what Islam stands for. They were true Muslims.

I wish more people in the UK realised this. I hope this website and campaign will start to educate those people who are currently uneducated and at times bigoted. Good luck and thank you for this campaign

Best wishes

Ruth


Fantastic

I am a 'native' white 30something male Brit - the "not in our name" campaign is a welcome breath of fresh air from the muslim community.

99% of what we hear is negative news relating to muslims in Britain (and around the world); this campaign is long overdue and clearly demonstrates that mainstream muslims deplore terrorism. A lot of people like me were asking why your community wasn't speaking out against it. Now you are and it is warmly welcomed and supported.

Keep it up!

Mark


Your statement

I wish to congradulaty you on your site and with your statement. It is really refreshing to see muslims taking a stand against all terrorist but in mostly against the ones that are terrorist using your religion.

Many of us have heard of uslims that didn't condoned what the Islamic terrorist were doing but this is the first that I have actually seen persons with real faith in your religion actually speak against it.

Being a citizen of the United States of America, I would like to see a familiar organization in America.

I realize that both your faith and mine, Christian, believe in God and that we are the sons of Abraham. I have read where the difference is. That to me is a difference in religion but together we can bring peace, harmony and freedom to the world.

Peace be with you and

God Bless

Tom


Your campaign as seen on BBC news website

Hi there.

I would just like to comment on the campaign that you are planning for the future - to make people understand that Islam is not about war, terrorism etc.

The biggest problem I feel to non-Muslim people is a lack of knowledge about the Islamic faith, and also there are still barriers in the communities that need to be broken between Muslims, Christins and other faiths.

I (to be honest) know virtually nothing about the Muslim faith as well, and I am not religious myself (although baptised as a Christian when I was young, I do not attend church), but understand that recent terrorist events this century involving Muslims, and the beliefs of these people are in a very small minority.

People easily forget that in many faiths, small minority groups have waged campaigns for a cause they believe to be true - one example is the IRA last century for example.

If all people and faiths in local communities can become more integrated somehow - instead of the "them and us" scenario, then I think that a better understanding between the faiths could be gained.

Good luck in the future with the campaign, and I will ensure that people who talk to me about terrorism are informed about the campain to try and spread awareness, and informed of the fact that we are talking about minorities - not the wider Muslim community at large.

Best regards

Derek


'Not in our name'

I am writing in order to congratulate you on your campaign. For a long time now, I have been sceptical of the 'moderate majority' of Muslims - whilst this majority clearly didn't involve itself in what the extremists do to our country, the silence was unbearable and I am glad that it has been broken.

Your campaign looks very promising and I wish you every success with it.

Thank you very much.

Tomas


Great Site

Hi,

I am a Christian with a lot of Muslim friends, and I have never associated Islam with the terrible crimes being done.

I applaud this site, and your hard work and I hope that the site has the great success that it deserves!

Good job!!

Stephen


Thank you

I hope you do not find this patronising but thank you for these efforts. I have been a little concerned that statements from the Islamic Human Rights Commission and the Muslim Council of Britain have sounded conditional. Almost as if to say, we condemn but... This is the first unconditional message I have seen and is the sort of voice that will bring together Muslims, non Muslims, Blacks, Whites and Asians. Thank you.

Brett


response to reading site

Thank you for making such a clear summary of basic Islamic rules, etc. The propaganda machine of hate twists the simple truth of all faiths and it seems the media is very anti-religion. I teach in a Catholic school which has currently one third Muslim children. I have always struggled to find the extremist stereotype portrayed in the media in the kind, respectful children and parents who are such a wonderful part of my school. I just wish the Islamic terrorists, IRA, UDA, etc, all had the religion taken from their cause. The bible and Koran both preach love and if the extremists visited Scotland they could see for themselves, in the hearts of many Scots, a respect of our joint cultural heritage and common values.

As Buda said, "There is only one mountain but many paths."

Peace

Paul


Condemnation of Glasgow attacks.

Hello,

I just wanted to say how welcome this campaign condemning the Glasgow attacks and others is. I always knew though that the vast majority of Muslims were bitterly opposed to these attacks, and that it is just a minority element who are responsible.

I wish you the very best of luck with this campaign.

Thank you.

Paul






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